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Ten Things to Look For in a Senior-Friendly Emergency Room

Purpose

A trip to the Emergency Room (ER) can be difficult at any age. It can be particularly difficult for older adults, who often have a number of health problems and take multiple medications. Because ERs tend to be noisy and hectic, older people can feel overwhelmed. And, if they have to spend a lot of time in the ER, they have a greater chance of developing delirium—serious mental confusion that can sometimes lead to difficulty thinking and remembering. Fortunately, ERs are changing and getting more “senior-friendly.” More hospitals are changing their ERs so they are safer for older people. Some hospitals are even creating special ERs just for older adults.

Contents

  • Five Questions to Ask
  • Five Things to Look For
Contact Person/Organization: 

Healthinaging.org by the American Geriatrics Society 

Type of Tool:

Publication Date: 
2014
Videos: 

A Geriatric-Friendly ED at Highland

Experiencing Aging: Emergency Care